Israel offers to help Druze village in Golan Heights

Posted November 04, 2017

Syrian state media say the army has liberated the eastern city of Deir el-Zour from the Islamic State group.

Israeli officials said they were looking at the possibility of assisting Hader, whose residents have Druze kinsman lobbying on their behalf in Israel.

"Hundreds of Syrians demonstrated inside the occupied territories off the town of Hadar, which has been subjected, since the dawn, to a violent terrorist attack launched by Jabhat al-Nusra and backed by the Israeli occupation entity from al-Tuloul al-Homr area that is adjacent to the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories", SANA reported quoting "local sources in the Occupied Golan".

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said the Israeli army is prepared to intervene in the Syrian war in order to prevent the takeover of the village by Assad's forces.

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"A suicide bomber from Al-Nusra Front detonated a auto bomb in the midst of the homes of citizens on the outskirts of Hader, killing nine people and injuring at least 23", the agency said.

An Israeli Druze lawmaker in Israel's parliament, Akram Hasson, said four of his relatives died in the attack Friday by the Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly Nusra Front), an al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria's civil war.

Syrian government forces and their pro-government allies first broke the militant group's siege of their part of the city in September and have been advancing against IS positions since then.

The agency said the toll was expected to rise because a number of those wounded in the bombing were in serious condition and the ongoing assault on the town made it hard to remove the injured to safety.

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In Majdal Shams, Druze residents gathered along the buffer zone seeking to cross over and help.

Hundreds of Druze from the Golan in Israel protested the violence in Khadr; a few dozen attempted to cross the border illegally to reach the village.

Druze residents tried to cross into Syria, but were held back by Israeli soldiers, Israel's military said on Twitter. Our borders in the south, our borders in the north.

The policy has been controversial, and in 2015, members of the country's Druze minority attacked two ambulances transporting Syrians, killing one and injuring another. "And we also cherish our sympathy for our Druze brethren".

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